Friday Feature: Faces of India

Who: The phone-wala
Where: Old Delhi, India
What: This caricature exists in real life. We went back to our apartments after a decade and the junction box was the same: wide open, wires tangled and hanging out, pigeons looking at making their next nest there. The phone-wala's job is unenviable. The lines go down frequently, even more so during the monsoons, and they have to bear with irate customers breathing down their necks, asking: Kitna time lagega?

The phone-wala is a wiry man, often stubborn and mostly unappreciated. But tell me, what mood would you be in if you had to work your way through a maze of wires on a daily basis?

Some things don't change
Some things don't change

Phone wala
Ancient

10 comments:

Niv Mani said...

you captured the essence of the phonewala PERFECTLY!!! hats off!

Shulie said...

Love these installments on Fridays, Faces of India. Brilliant Manisha!!

Happy Cook / Finla said...

Indeed perfect, brilliant.

Indu said...

Like the "Ancient" pic....Is that actually a phone, or is some equipment to repair whatever has gone wrong...

Ellen Daehnick said...

I love this lesson - thank you for introducing me to the phone wala!

Desisoccermom said...

Once again a brilliant capture of quintessential India. Love the Fri feature. Keep it coming.

Ananda Rajashekar said...

Oh i love the 2nd pic, now there is rush of memories form India, somehow i feel i really miss these Indian irregularities here, they do crack ur nerves yet they do make life very interesting! very well penned :)

john k.Tas. said...

love the photoes and story, Manisha. at least the phone-walas would get excellent training to be fishermen ! they must be reasonably cheerful men to face those shambles every day ! pity they can't be sent gratuities through the wires !regards

Manisha said...

Thanks! I'm glad you folks are enjoying this feature!

Indu, that is actually a phone and if you look closely, you will find a couple more tucked in between the wires in the junction box!

Ellen, we always made sure the phone-walas were on our side!

John, we knew most of the repairmen in our area by name and they were always open to a good laugh. It all depends on how you treat them!

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